President Donald Trump’s Executive Order signed Friday affects 320 students across the state according to a statement from State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.
The order bans visitors from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days. These seven countries have been deemed a terrorist threat by the U.S.
Chancellor Zimpher and SUNY Chairman Carl McCall released the following statement Sunday:
“The State University of New York enrolls approximately 22,140 international students from 180 countries, including 320 students from the seven countries affected by the current ban on travel. SUNY is reviewing President Trump’s Executive Order and surveying its campuses to determine the impact it may have on our students, faculty, and staff both abroad and at home on our 64 college and university campuses.
“As always, our commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion are unwavering. Our founding principles and support for undocumented students, restated by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its meeting last week, continue to guide our actions as we review and react to new federal mandates with regard to immigration.
“SUNY leadership and university police will do all we can, within the law, to support any students, faculty, and staff affected by the Executive Order. In the meantime, we recommend suspending travel plans to the countries included, and urge individuals affected to keep in contact with their campus Office of International Student and Scholar Services.
“SUNY has established a website (www.suny.edu/immigration) to provide students and families with current resources as well as additional information as it becomes available.”